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THUMBS UP to Dawn Roper of Community Living Ontario for launching the

Administrative Justice Support Network, an online guide to an appeal process. The network is designed to help people feel competent and confident to proceed with an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal with or without legal representation. The webpage, which appears under “Justice and Advocacy” on the Community Living Ontario website, contains information on the selected boards and tribunals, links to extra resources and advice on where to find more specific advice or legal representation. Next steps—a network of mentors across Ontario.


THUMBS DOWN to Canada’s federal government for their mediocre policies surrounding veterans’ compensation.

One of the key arguments around this debate is the idea that lump-sum payments work. Many hold that compensation immediately following combat is a sufficient expression of the trauma that was incurred. However, this is not always the case. Trauma can manifest itself later in life; well after the financial compensation has been distributed. A preamble to the New Veterans Charter has been proposed that recognizes the social obligation to veterans and their families, as well as an ongoing parliamentary review of the New Veterans Charter.

THUMBS UP to the CRTC for granting Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) a French license and for renewing its AMI-tv and AMI-audio licenses through until 2018.

“As an organization, we appreciate the importance of inclusion,” states AMI President and CEO David Errington. “I’m so pleased that we have been granted the opportunity to continue to make media that is accessible to all Canadians, but in particular our audience of those who are blind or have low vision.” AMI is a not-for-profit multimedia organization that makes print, broadcast and online media accessible to more than five million Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing. Contact

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